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Report: Amazon not collecting Ga. online sales tax

ATLANTA — A newspaper is reporting that Amazon.com is not collecting sales tax from Georgia shoppers despite a new state law designed to snag the money from the world's biggest online retailer.

The new law went into effect at the start of 2013.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that shoppers buying items from Amazon.com to be shipped to Georgia should be prompted to pay sales tax under the new law. But the newspaper reports that its own checks of Amazon.com show that isn't happening.

Seattle-based Amazon has fought against charging its customers a sales tax elsewhere, leading to legal battles in some states.

Atlanta lawyer Eric Tresh, who represents the company, declined to talk about Amazon's position on Georgia's tax, but said laws in various states that require online collection are "arguably unconstitutional."

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agirl_25 1 year, 10 months ago

I still shop at Amazon because they don't collect sales tax. I don't pay shipping either. Got a bunch of kitchen gadgets two weeks ago for a total of $28.34 and didn't pay shipping or taxes. Was a lot cheaper than driving to Target to buy them too. When I have to pay sales tax and postage on my Amazon purchases I guess I will have to find someplace else to shop.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 10 months ago

I wonder what kind of sales tax will be generated each month from Amazon sales to Georgia customers?

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

I would imagine they would stop. At one time the word was you went to Circuit City to look for what you wanted, then you went and bought it off Amazon or some other on line company. To save the sales tax. One of the reasons Circuit City went under here I believe. The internet Companies have no brick and mortor stores with multiple employees to support. Kind of makes competition hard, then you don't pay 7% tax and things look even better. Kind of kills the local economy, probably worse than WalMart does.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 10 months ago

The Circuit City here was one of the best in the state, which was probably because it didn't have to compete with a local Best Buy. It was very clean and well run (in my experience both as an employee at one time and as a customer years later.) It was on its was down there towards the end due to poor staffing, but that was due to lack of quality workforce available in Albany.

Amazon hurts local businesses and even larger brick and mortars. I think they should play by the same rules as local businesses. Just my two cents.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 10 months ago

This may be just for Amazon purchases only. Some you get direct from the Company Amazon and some are for independent sellers. This law may not apply to them, the independent sellers.

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

They collected sales tax from my purchase. I always use them they have free shipping & alot better service than 90% of Albany stores.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

I love Amazon. I hope they don't ever charge or pay Georgia taxes. Free Commerce! Who ever had this idea to tax everything?? Oh yeah, The British!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

.........didn't we blow their asses up with our guns in order to obtain our freedom and start our own country? I think we did..........

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USTPC 1 year, 10 months ago

I just purchased something off Amazon and had to pay sales tax. It was still cheaper than buying the same item from Wal Mart.

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